Top Ten Wealthiest NFL Owners
Learn About the Ten Richest Owners in the NFL
2014 NFL Off-Season
In recent weeks, sports fan have talked about team owners (or well, one team owner…ahem, Donald Sterling) more than they probably care to on a regular basis. Even players don’t often seem to give much thought to the owners of their teams, as a general rule. So today, I thought we’d take a peek at the top ten wealthiest owners in the NFL. Never hurts to be educated about every facet of your favorite sport, y’all.
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1. Paul Allen, owner of the Seattle Seahawks, is worth $15.8 billion. That’s $10 BILLION more than the next richest NFL owner. Allen, who co-founded Microsoft, has owned the Seahawks franchise since 1997 and the NBA’s Portland Trailblazers since 1988.
2. Since 2010, Stanley Kroenke has been the full owner of the St. Louis Rams (he’s had a 40% stake in the club since 1995, though). Until recently, Kroenke was also the majority owner of both the NBA’s Denver Nuggets and the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche. Kroenke, who is worth $5.3 billion, began building his fortune with the founding of The Kroenke Group in 1983.
3. Miami Dolphins' owner, Steven Ross, is worth $4.8 billion. In 2008, Ross bought 50% of the storied team for $550 million. Then, in 2009, he paid about a billion bucks to buy another 45% of the club. Ross built his fortune in the real estate business and, yet, ironically, owns a team that plays in a 1980s relic that badly needs an upgrade or ten.
4. Malcolm Glazer, who recently passed away, was the owner of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Glazer’s family, still worth $4.5 billion, have maintained ownership of the team and, therefore, appear on this list. Glazer purchased the Bucs for $195 million in 1995 and, subsequently, bought the English Premiere League’s Manchester United in 1996.
5. Shahid Khan (and his mustache) own the Jacksonville Jaguars. Khan is worth $3.8 billion, earned as the owner of auto parts manufacturing firm Flex-N-Gate. Khan purchased the Jaguars in 2011 for $770 million. In 2013, he added the English Premiere League’s Fulham FC to his collection of sports teams for $300 million (yes, there is a theme here).
6. Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys and generally polarizing public figure, is worth $3 billion. Jones amassed the majority of his fortune in the oil and gas industry in the 1970s. Jones purchased the Cowboys in 1989 for a grand total of $150 million. The Cowboys, as mentioned the other day, are the most valuable NFL franchise. Good call, Mr. Jones.
7. Joan Tisch, widow of Robert Tisch, is worth $2.9 billion. Mr. Tisch owned a 50% stake in the New York Giants while he was alive and Mrs. Tisch still owns a 6.6% stake in the club. Thus, upon inheriting his portion, Mrs. Tisch became the majority owner of the team.
8. Robert Kraft, who owns the New England Patriots, is also worth $2.9 billion. Kraft, of the foodstuffs family, purchased the now-valuable Pats for just $172 million in 1995. Kraft and fam also own the MLS’s New England Revolution and Gillette Stadium. Basically, if you attend a professional sports game in New England, you’re probably funding the continued manufacturing of shredded cheese.
9. The Houston Texans' owner, Bob NcNair, is worth a cool $2 billion. McNair’s team debuted in 2002, but he was awarded the right to bring them to Houston in 1999 for $700 million. McNair retains a 79% stake in the team today.
10. Arthur Blank, owner of the Atlanta Falcons, purchased the team for $545 million in 2002. He also once thought about purchasing the MLB’s Atlanta Braves. Blank is worth $1.7 billion, thanks in large part to his role in co-founding Home Depot.